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About the Institute of Modern Art

The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) has been the leading independent forum in Queensland, Australia, for the production, presentation, and circulation of contemporary art and discourse for over forty years. Our innovative and diverse programs embed the international in the local and engage the local internationally.

The IMA has museum-grade, climate-controlled gallery spaces in which we present an ambitious program of exhibitions, concentrating on commissioning new works by Australian and international artists at pivotal points in their practices, as well as connecting underrepresented artists with wider audiences. The IMA has a longstanding commitment to research and a rich history of publishing artist monographs and critical readers. We also have an extensive public program including targeted educational initiatives for young people and adults, and development opportunities for arts professionals. Please explore the IMA’s forty year history or browse our exhibitions, events and publications.

The IMA is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments. The IMA is a member of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOs).


Executive Directors

Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh

As Executive Directors, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh oversee all aspects of programming and organisational development. Since joining the IMA in early 2014, they have worked with Studio Miessen on updating the premises and initiated a bookstore partnership with Motto distribution. At the IMA, Burns and Lundh have organised major solo exhibitions with Gordon Bennett, Patrick Staff, Slavs and Tatars, and Hito Steyerl.

Prior to the IMA, Burns and Lundh were Co-Directors of the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Derry, Northern Ireland, where they worked with artists such as Goldin+Senneby, Jesse Jones, Raqs Media Collective, and Haegue Yang. At CCA, they organised the first Curatorial Intensive in Europe with Independent Curators International, From 'Official History' to Underrepresented Narratives. They were also part of the curatorial team for the 2013 Turner Prize as part of Derry’s City of Culture celebrations.

Burns and Lundh are regular contributors to art periodicals, such as Art-Agenda, Canadian Art, Kunstkritikk, as well as exhibition catalogues and books. They have also lectured extensively across Europe, North America and Oceania, including CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson; Goldsmiths – University of London; and Monash University, Melbourne.

The IMA's program is curated by the Executive Directors and drafted 18-24 months in advance. The IMA is unfortunately not able to consider unsolicited proposals.


Senior Manager

Madeleine King

Madeleine King joined the IMA's team in 2015. King has a Master of Arts at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, and she previously worked for Media Art Asia Pacific (MAAP) as Research and Program Development Manager, and has been active in artist-run-initiatives in Brisbane. She recently completed a research fellowship at the John Oxley Library, Brisbane. King is Co-Director of The Fashion Archives, and co-author of Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style (2015). Contact: madeleine@ima.org.au

Membership and Development Manager

Ally Bennett

As Membership and Development Manager, Ally Bennett manages the IMA's philanthropic initiatives and sponsorship, specialising in developing event-based fundraising. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Loughborough University, UK, and joined the IMA in 2014 after working for both the Contemporary Art Society and the Tate Modern in London. She has over five years experience in fundraising and events management, specifically with individual philanthropy, acquisition committees, and benefit events. Contact: ally@ima.org.au

Exhibitions Manager

David M Thomas

As Exhibitions Manager, David M Thomas, oversees technical and logistical aspects of exhibition delivery and assists with public programs. Thomas maintains an art practice and performs in art metal band, Eggvein. Recently awarded a PhD in Visual Arts from Griffith University, Brisbane, he also has a Masters of Arts Administration, UNSW, Sydney, and a Masters in Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts. He is a founding partner of creative content studio, Funhauser, with Suzanne Howard. Contact: david@ima.org.au


Public Engagement Manager

Vacant Position

This position is currently vacant. Please see call here.  Employment opportunities are circulated via our mailing list and Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Communications Officer

Nadia Buick

Nadia Buick is a curator, writer, and editor with a research background in fashion, art history, and cultural studies. As the IMA's temporary Communications Officer, she assists with communications and media. Buick completed her doctorate in curatorial practice at the Queensland University of Technology in 2013. Her exhibition projects include Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Museum of Brisbane, 2015. She is Co-Director of The Fashion Archives, and co-author of Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style (2015). Contact: nadia@ima.org.au

Visitor and Bookshop Assistant

John Feely

As Visitor and Bookshop Assistant, John Feely oversees front of house and IMA Motto bookstore and assists events. After volunteering with the gallery he joined the team in 2015. Feely is a practicing artist who completed his Bachelor of Photography at Griffith University Queensland College of Art in 2015. He co-founded and manages Oral ARI in Red Hill, Brisbane. Contact: john@ima.org.au


Jewel Mackenzie

Jewel Mackenzie is the IMA’s Bookkeeper and oversees the institution’s financial operations. Mackenzie, who joined the team in 2006, is a trained bookkeeper and a TAFE-certified fashion designer. She also has a PhD in Visual Art from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

Frontier Imaginaries Curator

Vivian Ziherl

Vivian Ziherl is Curatorial Fellow at If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam. With Natasha Ginwala, Ziherl recently developed Landings at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, in collaboration with organisations such as Tropenmuseum and Stedelijk Museum (both Amsterdam). Ziherl was IMA’s Curatorial Fellow 2014/15 through the support of the Australia Council for the Arts, and is curating an exhibition here titled Frontier Imaginaries in 2016.

Associate Editor

Evie Franzidis

Evie Franzidis has been editing IMA publications since 2009. She has a Master’s degree in Art Historical Studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a Master’s Degree in Writing, Editing, and Publishing from University of Queensland. As a freelance editor and writer, Franzidis works for a number of Queensland and national arts institutions.


IMA Advisory Committee

Maria Lind, Director, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Nikos Papastergiadis, Professor in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne; and Raqs Media Collective, New Delhi.


Current Volunteers

Brigid Hansen, David Don, Christina Baker, Katy Birkett, Prudence McComish, Nicholas Hodge, Katie Porter, Tori Lawson, Laura Burstow, Callum Galletly, Lucy Forsberg, Rachael Archibald, Jessica Rae Dorizac, Emma Caskey, Anna Litwinowicz, Emma Liu, Helen Gramotnev, Amanda Brachio, Callum McGrath, Natasha Matila-Smith, Vanshika Sinh, Whitney Ashton Turner and Kirralee Robinson.

Exhibition Photography

Queensland photographer Richard Stringer documented the IMA’s exhibitions between 1975 and 2015.

Board of Directors


Rachel Crowley

Rachel Crowley has been the President of the IMA’s Board since 2016. Prior to joining Brisbane Airport Corporation as Head of Corporate Relations in late 2011, Crowley held a number of senior executive positions with Tourism Australia, including the global role of General Manager, Corporate Communications based in Sydney and Marketing Communications Manager, The Americas based in Los Angeles. Before joining TA Crowley’s career extended from journalism to government and consultancy. In her position as Head of Corporate Communications with Brisbane Airport Corporation Crowley is responsible for the company’s media, community and government relations and has management oversight of its marketing platforms including its web presence and sponsorship and brand strategies.

  • Vice President: Jay Younger
  • Secretary: Dominique Jones
  • Treasurer: Sarah Campbell
  • Directors: John HirschfeldCalile Malouf, Marie-Louise TheileDouglas Quayle, and Simon Wright.


Upcoming Events

Marysia Lewandowska, Unlimited, 2016, 50 x 70.7cms, silk-screen print on paper
Comment Is Free
5 May 2016

In 2015, as part of Imaginary Accord, the IMA invited London-based artist Marysia Lewandowska to undertake a year-long research project...

Green Screen Open Call
1 June 2016

In the second half of the year, the IMA’s Green Room will transform into a space dedicated to the moving...

Gordon Hookey,  'MURRILAND!’, 2016 and ongoing, oil on canvas. A commission of Frontier Imaginaries supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and with presentation partners IMA Brisbane. Photograph: Sam Cranstoun.
IMA Talk, Gordon Hookey & Michael Aird
2 June 2016

Artist Gordon Hookey will be in conversation with curator, publisher, and historian Michael Aird to discuss the visual language of...

IMA Talk, Sara Jordenö
14 June 2016

Not About Us Without Us - art, film, and situated knowledge Director and visual artist Sara Jordenö is currently in...

Frontier Imaginaries: No Longer at Ease, installation view, photo by Sam Cranstoun
Exhibition Tour, IMA Directors
16 June 2016

IMA Co-Directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh will give a tour of our current exhibition, Frontier Imaginaries: No Longer at...